Archive / Hamdallaye Project

Nr. 233 / 1998 - ongoing / Senegal

Hamdallaye Project

A sociocultural centre of creativity improving local core competencies into professional skills


Huit Facettes


Les ateliers d’Hamdallaye is a sociocultural centre of creativity in Hamdallaye Samba M'Baye –500 kilometres south of Dakar–, which aim to bring together local and international urban artists, a village community and a nongovernmental organisation. It operates through workshops lasting one or two weeks.
Through the dialogue of Hamdallaye residents, artists from Senegal, Rwanda and Belgium, they decided to focus on particular kinds of skills, which must be based on criteria of accessibility, reduced costs and sustainability.




The goal was to improve the residents' core competencies and turn them into professional skills (i.e., under-glass painting, ceramics, batik dyeing, carving, weaving, embroidery).

Beneficial outcomes

The participants enhance their skills and creativity in a useful way. The relationships that Huit Facettes initiated with various social groups have been maintained even after the conclusion of the workshop.

Maintained by

Huit Facettes, Vredeseilanden, Local practitioners


Huit Facettes (Abdoulaye N'Doye, El Hadji Sy, Fode Camara, Cheikh Niass, Jean Marie Bruce, Mor Lisa Ba and Amadou Kane Sy (Kan-Si)), residents of Hamdallaye